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Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas

Author:Emily Blejwas
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: 2020-04-13T16:00:00+00:00


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Benny H. is down the block when I get off the bus and I start to walk toward him but slow down when I get closer. He’s walking in a tiny circle, like looking for something. His huge black coat makes him look like a black crow in a gray world. Gray sky, gray wind, gray smoke from his pipe, and he’s muttering at the gray sidewalk. I start to turn around, but then I think of how fast Brandon came toward me. How he didn’t hesitate. And I keep walking toward Benny H.

“Hey,” I say when I get to him, and he glances up like I’m a stranger passing by. “It’s really cold,” I say. “You want to get a cup of coffee?” I have no idea how I’ll make this happen because I have no money. But Benny H. keeps walking in his circle. “Did you lose something?” I ask, even though there’s only ice and salt on the ground, between Benny H.’s black boots and my beat-up sneakers. He’s still muttering, and it sounds like the same word repeated but I can’t tell what word. “Can I walk you to the library?” I ask.

He finally stops and looks at me. There are tears in his eyes that might be from the cold but might not be. “Time to go,” he tells me.

“Go where?”

“Home.”

“Okay. Can I walk you?”

He shakes his head. “No, no. I’ll walk you.”

So we walk to my apartment building, and he waves his arm up and down like he can wave me up to the second floor. “Are you sure?” I ask. “Will you be okay out here?” He laughs his Jolly Green Giant laugh and waves me up again. I take the steps two at a time and unlock the apartment door and run to the living room window to look out. Benny H. is walking back up the sidewalk. He passes the spot where he got stuck in the circle and takes a left at the comic shop corner and disappears into the gray air.



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